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For Franz Kafka, the human condition is entirely absurd. The whole of the human race was the product of one of “God’s bad days.” This absurdity—the lack of any stable meaning that underpins or helps to make sense of our lives—is not, however, innocent. Rather, Kafka continually represents the weaponization of absurdity in the exertion of power in the family, in personal relationships, and in bureaucratic apparatuses, institutions, and processes. We will explore this intersection of absurdity and power relations in the works of Franz Kafka as well as in works by authors influenced by Kafka.

This is an online/virtual asynchronous course that has no fixed meeting pattern and gives students the flexibility to interact with course content on their own schedule; please note: some asynchronous courses may include required sessions and/or proctored exams at specific times. Tufts virtual courses are designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about virtual course policies and expectations, please visit 

This section is also open to rising high school students who are 11th or 12th grade students. High School students who enroll will be prompted to submit an additional application after enrollment including: a high school transcript, letter of recommendation, parental permission, and other required consent forms.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

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Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.


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School of Arts and Sciences